adjective, greed·i·er, greed·i·est.
- greedy guts,
- greek alphabet,
- greek calends
Origin of greedy
Examples from the Web for greediness
The feeling that possessed them was not enthusiasm but a greediness, a yearning for destruction.
Man's greediness for profit has already driven the salmon from the rivers of New England where once they swarmed.Aircraft and Submarines|Willis J. Abbot.
For he wished Paqualin to understand that it was not greediness but friendship that made him return.Little Peter|Lucas Malet
Did they not shew more joy, in proportion, in lavishing treasure upon them, than the Spaniards did greediness in receiving it?
The troops of Louis, however, showed no greediness to engage.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74|John Lothrop Motley
adjective greedier or greediest
Word Origin for greedy
Old English grædig (West Saxon), gredig (Anglian) "voracious," also "covetous," from Proto-Germanic *grædagaz (cf. Old Saxon gradag "greedy," Old Norse graðr "greed, hunger," Danish graadig, Dutch gretig, Old High German gratag "greedy"), from *græduz (cf. Gothic gredus "hunger," Old English grædum "eagerly"), possibly from PIE root *gher- "to like, want" (cf. Sanskrit grdh "to be greedy").
In Greek, the word was philargyros, literally "money-loving." A German word for it is habsüchtig, from haben "to have" + sucht "sickness, disease," with sense tending toward "passion for."